24 Oct Halloween Safety Tips for Pets
Halloween can be a scary time for pets with all of the knocks on the door, strange people at the door, costumes and spooky sounds. Some pets might like to participate in the festivities and may even let you put a costume on them. It’s important to keep your pet safe and calm during Halloween festivities. We’ve compiled this guide of tips to help you ensure that your pets are calm and happy.
Consider Sitting Outside During Trick-or-Treating Hours
If you plan to pass out candy for trick-or-treating, it might be a good idea to bundle up and sit outside. This will help prevent your pets from becoming too stressed from constant knocking or doorbell ringing. They won’t be hearing so many strange voices either.
Play Comforting Music
Play comforting music inside the house. It’ll help drown out the sounds coming from outside. Yes, animals do have exceptional hearing, but music can be a welcomed distraction for them.
Talk to your Vet about CBD Oil for Pets
Have a chat with your vet about potentially using CBD oil for pets. It may support calm within them during Halloween festivities. If your pet experiences stress, anxiety or is uncomfortable around lots of new people, it’s worth having the talk with your vet.
Your vet likely won’t be able to prescribe CBD for your pet or tell you the dosage, but we do have a CBD dosage guide for pets that you can use as a general guide.
Don’t Leave Pets Outside
It isn’t ideal to leave your pets outside on Halloween. All of the sounds can scare them. Someone might play a trick that might involve your pet (yes, it is absolutely awful to think it could even happen). This is especially the case if you have a black cat. Keep your kitty inside where he or she is safe.
Don’t Give Pets Candy
Avoid giving your pets Halloween candy. Chocolate can be lethal, they could choke on other candies and other ingredients may not be safe for them. Make special treats for them that are shaped like pumpkins or ghosts. Make it something special for them. We have several different fall treat recipes on the blog that you can make for them.
Keep Pets Close if They Go With You
If your pets love dressing up for Halloween, and some do, then keep them close if they go out with you and the kids. Make sure you leave your car close and that they are wearing a harness. Muzzles are a good idea for all dogs, even if they aren’t typically aggressive. Sometimes being scared can cause a dog to act out of character as a self-defense mechanism.
These Halloween safety tips for pets will help keep them safe and calm this year. Once the festivities are over, give your pet some extra attention and praise. Give them an extra treat or two. Go for a walk once it’s calm outside. Show them that you appreciate their hard work in keeping calm and reward them; it’ll make them feel good.